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Root River Veterinary Center has new owners


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Agriculture

As of September 4, 2014, the Root River Veterinary Center in Preston, Minn. is under new ownership. Dr. LeAnne Froese and Dr. Deb Finnegan officially took over on September 4, although discussions about the two purchasing the business had been in the works since February.

Originally, the closing was to take place in July, but there was an equipment leak that flooded the main part of the clinic over the July 4 weekend while staff was away, which set back the closing date. Although unfortunate, the clinic now has the area remodeled with new equipment installed, which is very nice.

Dr. Froese grew up in a small farming community in Alberta, Canada, with a population of approximately three hundred, and loved being on a farm. She was involved with animals in many different ways while growing up, including being an active member of 4-H. Froese said she “trailed along to trips to the vet” when a cow got sick and would help out any way she could. Froese has always taken care of animals, even as a child, taking in injured animals to nurture them back to health, such as birds that fell out of their nests.

Although animals had always been her passion, when the time came to go to college she considered the years of schooling required to become a veterinarian and instead decided to become a high school biology teacher. She attended the University of North Dakota for her undergraduate studies, with a biology and teaching major. She graduated from UND in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science and Biology degree.

While working in the biology department at the university and doing research, she was working with animals and enjoyed it very much, which got her to thinking maybe she should go to graduate school and focus on research. As she started looking into graduate school, she found out she had all the prerequisites for veterinary school and decided to go for it. She graduated from Colorado State in 2010 with her D.V.M. degree.

While attending Colorado State, Dr. Froese met Dr. Finnegan, and Dr. Froese explains that they both had children while attending graduate school, which was a bonding experience, and the two became close friends.

Dr. Froese also met her husband, Tyler Nielsen, while attending Colorado State. Following graduation, the couple moved to Lewiston, Minn. in order to be closer to family, and Dr. Froese began working at Pet Medical Center in Winona, Minn.

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NTC to host geological bus tour

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The National Trout Center will be holding a geological bus tour on Saturday November 1, starting at 10 a.m. This bus tour promises to be both fun and informative, as it will focus on the geological and ecological features of living in the driftless ..... 
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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible child ..... 
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POET General Managers make their voices heard in Washington

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

SIOUX FALLS, SD (September 18, 2014) – Chris Hanson, General Manager of POET Biorefining – Preston, traveled to Washington, D.C. September 14-17 to meet with Congressional officials and highlighted the important role ethanol plays in reducing o ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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Preston Tourism secures grant for purchase of bike repair station

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,200 grant to Preston Area Tourism. The funds will be applied to the purchase of a bike repair station that will be placed by the Trailhead Inn. This will give visitors and residents a plac ..... 
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Mark Dean Kneeskern

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mark Dean Kneeskern was born July 10, 1972, in Audubon, Iowa, to Laurice (Peterson) Kneeskern and Cloy Kneeskern. He attended grade school and high school in Audubon, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a Bachelor of ..... 
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Preston discusses 2015 budget

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

Possible reductions to the 2015 budget was the dominate discussion topic at the September 2 council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the numbers in the first draft of the budget which showed a p ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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